Hi. I’m Silke, a new contributor to Living a Blissful Life. I am a mother, wife, writer, reader, runner, educator, scientist, and woman who lives with clinical depression. I wrote “lives with” because I have spent more than half my life “battling” depression, which is a constant struggle. Despite the battle, I withdrew from the world, attempted suicide, and was hospitalized – more than once. Waging war against depression clearly wasn’t working for me.
A Blissful Life Thanks to Accepting My Depression
A few years ago, after my last hospitalization, I decided to accept that depression is something I will always have, so I would be better off learning how to live successfully with it instead of fighting it. For me, living with depression means getting out of the long-standing habit of repressing feelings when they’re difficult or allowing them to incapacitate me. Instead, I now focus on self-compassion and practices that restore joy and meaning to my life. It isn’t easy, because I am conditioned to give in to my depressive episodes. But, I’m working really hard to change my old habits and incorporate new, more skillful ones in my life (Using All Of Your Coping With Depression Skills).
Why I’m Writing ‘Living a Blissful Life’
My goals in writing for the blog and sharing my experiences are two-fold. First, I want others to know that they are not alone in feeling weighted down by depression. Everyone faces personal difficulties from time to time and, for some of us, those experiences may snowball into overwhelming anxiety and sadness. Please know that I understand how sad and lonely you can feel. Second, I want to shed light on what can be done to alleviate, or even prevent, getting to the point of feeling completely debilitated by depression. Rather than bottling up the uncomfortable emotions or running away from the tough situations in which we find ourselves – which I did for half my life — I want to focus on how to harness that emotional energy into something productive that will help you live a blissful life.
More about Silke Morin, Author of ‘Living a Blissful Life’
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